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Location DB > United States > West Virginia > Lakin > Lakin Industrial School For Colored Boys
 Name
Lakin Industrial School For Colored Boys
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 Database Info
created by Oherian on 8/5/2005 4:31 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/24/2016 6:26 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
A decaying, abandoned building in the middle of a field. Not large, only three stories tall, but because the ground is so flat and it's set away from the surrounding structures, it seems much more impressive.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Address

Lakin, West Virginia
United States
Owner: WV Department of Agriculture
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Best to go at night. The site along the river takes on an eerie quality that adds to the experience. Also, numerous outbuildings and an abandoned house that are very interesting as well.
     Security Measures
  • Right across the road from the new Lakin State Hospital, so try not to make a scene.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1924
    Closed: 1956
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera
     History
    The Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys opened in 1924 (the main building) and had several additions through the years. When the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was illegal, the boys were transfered to the Industrial School at Pruntytown.

    Please keep in mind that "Industrial School" was a nice name for a juvenile prison.
     Media Coverage
    http://www.mydaily...al_news/news01.txt
     Future Plans
    Apparently the state is considering turning this over to the county or to a land reuse agency. Odds are high that the building will be demolished sometime in the future.

    Update (11/25/06): Gone. AEP has apparently purchased the site and is clearing the land for future development. At least 1/3 of the building was demolished as of 11/24, with more to go soon.
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    Graffiti
    Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
    posted by Oherian
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    Barns
    Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
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    Outdoor Shots
    Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
    posted by Oherian
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    Night shots
    Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
    posted by Oherian
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    7-16-05
    Mon, Aug 15th, 2005
    posted by lil-trouble
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    Opheliaism's Pics 7-22-06
    Tue, Jul 25th, 2006
    posted by Opheliaism
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    Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
    posted by muskratwombat
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    Thu, Aug 31st, 2006
    posted by Stevenski
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/24/2016 6:26 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 24 16 at 18:26, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 24 16 at 18:26, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name
  • on Mar 4 07 at 23:48, SaraBellum validated this location
  • on Nov 26 06 at 3:17, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 25 06 at 15:04, Oherian changed the following: Status, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Sep 1 06 at 1:47, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 31 06 at 12:51, Stevenski updated gallery picture 7-22-2006 4-39-08 PM_0023.JPG
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  • on Aug 31 06 at 12:50, Stevenski swapped pictures 1 and 5
  • on Aug 31 06 at 12:35, Stevenski added some pictures to a gallery
  •  Forum Threads about this Location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Lakin on PBS Documentary on The LobotomyTurd Furgusen014131/7/2008 1:44 AM by Turd Furgusen
    You must log in for this feature to work.Gone!!lil-trouble313897/6/2007 1:18 PM by Oherian
    You must log in for this feature to work.Planning a trip?lil-trouble8178312/20/2005 4:59 AM by seicer
    You must log in for this feature to work.i need directionsMOONSONG4168412/9/2005 1:59 PM by lil-trouble
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